Rockets win in overtime 126-121

3-pointers from Rockets game 3 versus Warriors

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The Houston Rockets squared off against the Golden State Warriors in a must-win game three of the Western Conference semifinals. Houston started strong at the outset, leading by double digits throughout most of the contest. Golden State would narrow the gap late in the game, forcing an overtime stretch that the Rockets would eventually win. Despite the victory, Houston still trails the Warriors two games to one.

Flash Gordon

The Rockets were disinterested in going down 0-3 to the Warriors and Eric Gordon was chief among them in the first half. The sharpshooting guard erupted for 20 first half points to carry the Rockets in the first half en route to a 30 point overall effort.

Owning the glass

The stat bane of the Rockets through the first two games became a deciding factor in their win Saturday night. After being owned on the glass in the games one and two, Houston dominated the boards 55-35. Of those, 17 we're offensive rebounds compared to the Warriors' 7. Those second chance points were critical to the Rockets first win of the series.


James Harden scored the points, Chris Paul got the assists, and Capela got the rebounds. Most important of all was Pj Tucker's play on the defensive end. Tucker managed to chip in 7 points but it was his late game steals and overall lockdown defense that quietly tilted the game in favor of the Rockets.

Rockets player of the game

James Harden: 41 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists

Warriors player of the game

Kevin Durant: 46 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists

Next up

The Rockets look to even the series on Monday at home at 8:30 pm, central.

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DeMeco values leadership at the QB position above all else. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

With the NFL Draft getting closer and closer, it is becoming more likely the Houston Texans will be taking a quarterback with its No. 2 overall pick.

With a plethora of options available — from Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Will Levis or Anthony Richardson — head coach DeMeco Ryans recently talked about what quality he believes a quarterback should have in the NFL. It is leadership.

“Is that quarterback a guy who can galvanize a locker room and rally the troops and get guys to believe in him,” Ryans said. “That's the trait. It's easier said than done because only so few guys can do that.”

While it may be cliché, Ryans makes a great point about why leadership is a non-negotiable for his play caller.

The quarterback position is the face of the franchise. He is the person media talk to every single week, and is the person who gets a huge share of the credit or blame when it comes to the team’s success or lack thereof.

Whoever the Texans pick at No. 2, if it indeed is a quarterback, will also be tasked with leading Houston throughout its rebuild on the field. But how can the team’s staff evaluate leadership?

As advanced as stats have gotten over the years, there is nothing you can look at to quantify leadership points. It all depends on personal evaluation.

For Houston, the decision on whom the next quarterback for the team is, could well be made over the course of the next few days.

The Texans will bring both Young and Stroud to Houston for individual meetings, according to Aaron Wilson. Both have consistently been quarterback No. 1 and No. 2 throughout the entire process.

There is no doubt Ryans and general manager Nick Caserio will be trying to gauge where each respective prospect ranks in leadership when they step foot in NRG Stadium.

Ryans believes the franchise quarterback needs to be seen by his teammates both on offense and defense and instill confidence in them that he can be counted on to make a play. Hosting prospects is one way to get a gauge in that area, which the Texans will have the opportunity to do.

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